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  • 10Gbps bi-directional, dual-channel data transfer
  • Data & video on a single cable with dual-protocol (PCI Express and DisplayPort)
  • Daisy chain up to six devices
  • Compatible with existing DisplayPort devices
  • Low latency with highly accurate time synchronization
  • Uses native PCIe and DisplayPort protocol software drivers
  • Power over cable for bus-powered devices (electrical cables only)
Thunderbolt™ Technology
The Fastest Connection to Your PC Experience
Thunderbolt technology is the fastest way to transfer data between a PC and peripheral and display devices. At 10 Gbps, Thunderbolt technology delivers great responsiveness with data and display transfers – in each direction, at the same time – using a single cable to connect devices in a daisy chain.
Thunderbolt technology is a foundation for innovative new product development that can expand PC capabilites and performance quickly and easily, enabling a whole new market for innovative devices.
At 10 Gbps, Thunderbolt technology enables products that can:
  • Transfer a full-length HD movie in less than 30 seconds
  • Back up 1 year of continuous MP3 playback in just over 10 minutes
Thunderbolt technology recently received the Computer Graphics World Silver Edge award at the National Association of Broadcasters 2011 convention.
How Thunderbolt technology Works
Intel Thunderbolt controller chips interconnect a PC and other devices, transmitting and receiving information for both PCI Express (PCIe) and DisplayPort protocols. The Thunderbolt controller chip switches between the two protocols to support communications over a single cable. Intel is making its controller chips available to the industry, and is working with other component manufacturers to deliver the Thunderbolt connectors and cables.
Thunderbolt Usages
Thunderbolt enables new and flexible system designs and thinner form factors by providing the ability to expand the system capabilities on a single cable. The user can have extreme mobility on the road with a laptop or Ultrabook™, and then connect to a multi-function monitor or dock at home to get no-compromise access to every device on the desk, turning the laptop into a desktop computer.
Thunderbolt technology is ideal for media creation and connectivity applications. By combining high bandwidth, low latency and highly accurate time synchronization, users can now connect audio/video devices to the PC via Thunderbolt for creation of broadcast-quality media.
As the fastest available connection to your computer at 10 Gbps, with Thunderbolt users can transfer an entire HD movie in less than 30 seconds, making it ideal for fast synchronization of content between devices. When users require high-performance backup and restore functionality Thunderbolt is the obvious choice, enabling the transfer of 1TB of data in less than 5 minutes.
Thunderbolt Technology Benefits
What Thunderbolt technology means for the PC industry
By tapping into the performance and protocols delivered over Thunderbolt technology, designers are free to innovate new PC products and configurations, no longer constrained to the boundaries of the chassis walls.
With Thunderbolt Technology, Engineers Can:
Design standalone performance expansion technologies commonly used in desktops and workstations, using existing native device drivers and interconnected by a single cable. Introduce thinner and lighter laptops, expandable through Thunderbolt technology and its miniature connector designed for mobile applications, without sacrificing I/O performance. Extend to reach other I/O technologies by using adapters that use widely available PCI Express controllers. It's simple to create a Gigabit Ethernet, FireWire, or eSATA adapter using existing device PCI Express drivers.
Benefits of Thunderbolt Technology
Thunderbolt technology is a transformational high-speed, dual protocol I/O that provides unmatched performance with 10 Gbps bi-directional transfer speeds. It provides flexibility and simplicity by supporting both data (PCIe) and video (DisplayPort) on a single cable connection that can daisy-chain up to Thunderbolt technology brings a new balance of performance, simplicity and flexibility to end users. As a revolutionary PC I/O technology,combining data and video (PCI Express and DisplayPort) on one shared high-performance cable, Thunderbolt technology opens doors to making new things possible.
How Thunderbolt Technology Works
The Transformational PC I/O
Thunderbolt technology is a transformational I/O innovation that provides a leap in performance over current I/O technologies with 10 Gbps of full-duplex bandwidth per channel. It significantly simplifies the end-user experience by concurrently supporting data (PCI Express) and display (DisplayPort) connections over a single cable. Thunderbolt products may be connected using electrical or optical cables. Thunderbolt technology enables flexible and innovative system designs by allowing multiple, high-performance, PCI Express and DisplayPort devices to attach to a computer through a single physical connector.
Why Thunderbolt Technology Matters
Data transfers for backup, sharing, and editing are faster with Thunderbolt technology, significantly reducing the times to complete these tasks. For time-sensitive data, such as video and audio during creation and playback, data transfers can be critical to the success of the work. Thunderbolt technology was specifically designed with video and audio applications in mind with inherently low latency and highly accurate time synchronization capabilities.
For some power users, optimal workflows can be had with workstation performance and expandability while using a thin and light laptop. Thunderbolt technology enables using the thinnest and lightest laptops, connected, with "in the box" performance over a single external cable, to high-performance external media drives, HD displays, HD media capture and editing systems, as well as legacy I/O hubs and devices, for the utmost in performance, simplicity and flexibility.